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Posts by Andy Bratton

Posts by Andy Bratton

Welcome Back Coffee

They’re Baaaaack

Yes, the students are back in school.  The teachers and admin folks are back in school (and that group has probably been back for a couple of weeks).  And, yes, our discipleship programs are back and getting ready to kick off (have you signed up yet?).  So, let’s look at a comeback story in the Bible. In the book of Exodus, chapter 2, we read that Moses was born, his mother hid him in a basket by the Nile river, How COVID has affected us
Joy jumping person

Take a Second and Smile

Summer is almost over, school is getting ready to start, gas prices are high, grocery store prices are skyrocketing, and the housing marketing they say is cooling but try finding a place to buy or rent around here, we haven’t had enough rain, monkeypox is on the move, Covid is here and then gone and then here and then gone, summer colds are kicking us around, and what is up with my golf game?  I can’t buy a birdie or How COVID has affected us
Michelangelo's Creation of Adam

Confusion Illusion

As I write this, a group of 30 or so youth are heading to Cincinnati to visit the Ark and the Creation Museum. My initial prayer was that each of the youth attending (and adults) would have an appreciation for who God is and an even more firm belief that He created everything. There is a lot of confusion in our world about who God is, and whether one being created everything. Not all schools are able to even teach the idea How COVID has affected us
Open Bible

A Real Page Turner

It is that time of year once again. Later this month our high school seniors will be walking across the stage and receiving their diplomas and heading off into the world. Some will go to work, some will go to college, some will go to the military, and some will go to trade school. Some, I hope not many or any will choose to do nothing. Next chapters are exciting. Sometimes next chapters are stressful and we get a little anxious about the unknown. However, How COVID has affected us
Wishing' I was Fishin'

Blessing of the Trout Festival

Tonight, as in the past couple of years, I will be offering a prayer of blessing on the Trout Festival. I don’t exactly know what I am supposed to be blessing and maybe I should have asked, but what should I be praying over our community for these few festive days? Or, more broadly, what would or should my prayer and your prayer be for this community God has placed us in? Our prayers ought to always include that those who don’t How COVID has affected us

An Interpretive Kiss

I have been trying to read a chapter a day of a book that isn’t the Bible. I do my regular Bible reading and studying, but I want to make sure I am reading other literature. I finished two books pretty quick and was feeling pretty well until I picked up the next one on my stack. It’s called, “Fool’s Talk,” by Os Guiness. It’s a book about apologetics or defending the faith, but he writes as an intellectual, which How COVID has affected us
Snowy tree at Kalkaska Church of Christ

Who Are You?

Did you ever have an interaction with someone you thought you knew well only to stop and ask yourself, “who are you?”  Maybe your spouse picks a restaurant for you both to go eat at and it is a kind of food you had no idea your spouse liked.  Maybe your spouse volunteers to do something completely apart from who he/she normally is like a long hike or skydiving.  What does it really mean to know someone? During the morning dive, How COVID has affected us

The Gospel in a Word

I recently read about a preacher, who when it was his time to get up and deliver the message, sat in his front-row seat for what seemed like five minutes while the stage was empty. Finally, he left his seat, made his way up to the pulpit, and said, “Love one another.” He then proceeded to go back and sit down in his chair. People were looking at each other and then looking in his direction, wondering if that was it and what How COVID has affected us
Baptism background

A Year in Review

I was on a Zoom call with some Michigan ministers several weeks ago. I was in a bit of a funk thinking about the Christmas season and what exactly we were going to study. I was also, in all likelihood, in deep thought about Covid, the fragility of life, and where I could find a cold Mt. Dew. Anyway, the guy leading the call asked what encouraging things had happened throughout the course of 2021. He gave us a heads up and so I How COVID has affected us

A Reason for the Season

Going into this Christmas season, one of my sermon ideas was to do a series entitled, “A very cliche’ Christmas.”  I thought I would title each sermon one of the cliches we see this time of year.  And I think I was going that way out of jealousy.  I mean, wouldn’t it have been cool to say that you were the one that came up with, “Jesus is the reason for the season?” I will say, though, as much as How COVID has affected us